SUMMER GARDENING TIPS
It’s the season we spend most time outdoors enjoying our garden, from relaxing under a tree to entertaining on the deck and there’s lots we can do to maintain an enjoyable garden space.
It is worthwhile considering the installation of drip irrigation system in your garden if you’re planning a few weeks away over summer. Ausgarden can advise you on an appropriate solution for your garden. A properly fitted drip irrigation system will ensure water is delivered to the roots where it is needed specific to the needs of your plants.
Prepare your garden for the intense heat over summer. Ensure garden beds have a fresh application of mulch and apply soil wetting agents to preserve moisture. Top outdoor potted plants with mulch to assist with moisture retention and group together to minimise water loss or move to a more shaded area.
Summer is a time when trees and plants in your garden can become stressed due to a lack of water, resulting in nutrient deficiency. Feed your plants over this time with a water soluble fertiliser (seaweed tea or a low impact liquid fertiliser) as you water them. Feed them small doses and regularly as too much fertiliser on plants when they are stressed can make them more stressed. Regular early morning watering is ideal for this season.
Summer can be a stressful time for lawns and good lawn preparation in the lead up to the hottest time of the year can not be underestimated. De-thatching your lawn will allow for more effective watering of the lawn root system. Applying fertiliser to your lawn in early summer is also recommended to give your lawn a boost in the hottest periods of the season.
Lawns require regular mowing over summer to reduce the chance of removing too much green leaf in single mow which can kill sections of lawn over the hottest days of the season.
Summer is a very productive season in the garden and whilst veggie patches may be harvesting there’s more that you can continue to sow and plant as you maintain productive garden beds.
Weeding is essential over summer to maximise the growth of your plants and vegetables by reducing the competition for nutrients in your garden.
Remove wilted and spent flowers from annuals and perrenials to allow your plants to concentrate on new growth. Prune plants that have finished flowering. Early February is the time to prune roses, reduce bushes by about a third and water them generously.
SUMMER SEASON PLANTING
From February its time to commence sowing cool season vegetables including cauliflower, parsnip, cabbage and turnips.